Booth # S615
 


Nathan Moore

Q: IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY IMMEDIATELY?

A: I have a fascination with any item related to United States Presidents. Recently, Sotheby's auctioned off the opera glasses that Lincoln carried to Ford's Theatre the night he was assassinated in 1865. The glasses have a connection to an event that changed the country forever. I would have loved to have those in my collection. 

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST GORGEOUS ANTIQUE YOU EVER SAW, IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION, OR EVEN A MUSEUM?

A: Any pocket watch created by Patek Philippe. Those watches are created with a pristine elegance to them that cannot be matched.

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OF THE ANTIQUES YOU HAVE EVER HAD, OR EVEN A COMPELLING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT AN ANTIQUE YOU DON’T OWN?

A: I currently have a pocket watch on display, the Modernista, that was used by a cigar company back in the 1910s as a promotional item and was sent to the company's most prominent customers. Because the majority of these customers already had expensive watches at the time, many of the Modernista watches did not survive, and especially not in excellent condition. The Modernista is not only rare, but it has a very unique mechanical design. The minute hand has a "fly back" motion as it meets the 60th minute every hour. And, instead of rotating a full 360 degrees around the dial as a standard watch would, the minute only travels half the dial, taking 60 minutes, before quickly jumping back to zero. Additionally, it is one of the first examples of a mechanical digital watch due to the "jumping" of the hour dial near the "12" position on the face within a small viewport. The patent for this movement was secured by Gabriel Lopez Montaras in 1903. It is truly one of the most unique pocket watches you will ever find.

Q: WHAT GENRE OF ANTIQUES DO YOU HAVE AS A COLLECTION? IS THERE A GENRE OF ANTIQUES OR COLLECTIBLES YOU WOULD LIKE TO COLLECT IN THE FUTURE?

A: I collect pocket watches, old American coins and presidential items. I appreciate the immediate history that is connected to any of the items within these categories. 

Q: ARE ANTIQUES A GOOD INVESTMENT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

A: I believe that many antiques are a great investment, especially if they have displayed consistent value appreciation in the past. Most pocket watches would meet this requirement. Unique or rare pieces have done particularly well in regards to appreciation.

Q: HAVE YOU EVER RECYCLED OR "UPCYCLED" AN ANTIQUE/VINTAGE ITEM?

A: I have not completed it yet, but I am currently working on a piece that utilizes a technique to transfer an image from printed material to canvas. The concept is to use a large collection of antique transportation-related postcards (ships, planes, etc.) to create a collage of images on the canvas. The end result will contain hundreds of antique postcard images without having the actual postcards attached to the canvas. 

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